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A look at the life of imprisoned political activist and former Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose death sentence for killing a police officer was overturned in 2001 due to errors made during his original 1982 sentencing hearing.
Unlike any other film, book, or article produced about Mumia Abu-Jamal, "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary" focuses on his career as a prolific author and broadcaster from Pennsylvania's Death Row. In fact, the film does not deal with Abu-Jamal's case, but rather chronicles his life and work as a journalist and revolutionary - both prior and post incarceration. After Abu-Jamal is convicted for the murder of of Philadelphia patrolman Daniel Faulkner, the story then exposes Abu-Jamal's battles with the American court system to continue his work from prison- a battle he continues to wage to this very day. Written by
Street Legal Cinema
The overall rating for this documentary is not an accurate accounting. Unfortunately, those who wanted to keep Mumia on death row are always actively trying to discredit him. When they caught wind of the existence of IMDb (not surprising it took so long), the ratings abruptly dropped. They don't have the intelligence required to understand Mumia's case or his humanitarian activism but they are master manipulators.
If you have been following Mumia as I have since the early 1980s, you will love this movie.
If you are not familiar with Mumia and are a humanitarian, you will love this movie. Follow it up with "Justice on Trial: Mumia Abu-Jamal" and "Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case for Reasonable Doubt?".
To understand the crass and cruel assumptions of those who defame him, watch "The Barrel of a Gun."
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